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Drought raises reliance on Nevada desert wildlife 'guzzlers'

Jun. 20, 2021 13:14 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — On a mountain in Nevada’s Valley of Fire State Park, a state wildlife biologist is refilling water tanks. In the background, a helicopter precisely lowers a Bambi bucket holding about 200 gallons of water into a receptacle and quickly leaves to haul...

US documents solve mystery of war criminal Tojo's remains

Jun. 14, 2021 20:28 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Until recently, the location of executed wartime Japanese Prime Minister Hideki Tojo's remains was one of World War II's biggest mysteries in the nation he once led. Now, a Japanese university professor has revealed declassified U.S. military documents...

Online tool aims to inform west Maui of threatening waves

Jun. 10, 2021 18:19 PM EDT

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — University of Hawaii researchers have developed an online tool that will inform the public when waves are expected to threaten west Maui shorelines, an area particularly prone to coastal erosion as sea levels rise. The tool can forecast high sea...

In Brazil's Amazon, rivers rise to record levels

Jun. 01, 2021 11:55 AM EDT

MANAUS, Brazil (AP) — Rivers around the biggest city in Brazil's Amazon rainforest have swelled to levels unseen in over a century of record-keeping, according to data published Tuesday by Manaus' port authorities, straining a society that has grown weary of increasingly frequent flooding....

Military weapon system test fails to intercept target

May. 29, 2021 16:20 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A weapon system test conducted by the U.S. Missile Defense Agency in the Pacific Ocean near Hawaii failed to intercept the target Saturday. According to an agency statement, the objective of the test was to demonstrate the capability of a ballistic...

US blocks seafood from Chinese fleet over crew mistreatment

May. 28, 2021 21:47 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government blocked imports of seafood Friday from the entire fleet of a Chinese company that authorities say forced crew members to work in slave-like conditions that led to the deaths of several Indonesian fishermen last year. Customs and...

Corps: Appeal review for Alaska mine could take over a year

May. 27, 2021 20:47 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Thursday it could take more than a year to weigh an appeal by a developer seeking to build a copper and gold mine in a region that supports the world’s largest sockeye salmon fishery. The corps' Pacific...

Study seeks origins of ghost nets that haunt Hawaii's shores

May. 27, 2021 01:11 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — “Ghost nets” from unknown origins drift among the Pacific's currents, threatening sea creatures and littering shorelines with the entangled remains of what they kill. Lost or discarded at sea, sometimes decades ago, this fishing gear continues to...

Car-free San Francisco streets: Residents debate reopening

May. 26, 2021 01:06 AM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — For Vanessa Gregson, the four-lane highway that borders the beach along San Francisco's Pacific Ocean is now an automobile-free sanctuary where she can blissfully ride her bicycle and enjoy the quiet. “You hear the beach. You hear the waves,”...

California and US agree to allow big offshore wind farms

May. 25, 2021 19:39 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California and the U.S. government announced an agreement Tuesday to open up areas off the state's central and northern coasts to the first commercial wind energy farms on the Pacific Coast. The pact that would float hundreds of turbines off the coast...